Pink Beetroot Risotto with Ricotta and Lemon Thyme (Breast Cancer Awareness)

This Perfectly Pink Beetroot Risotto with Ricotta and Thyme is my savoury contribution to raising awareness for Breast Cancer. A show stopping dinner. | Sprinkles and Sprouts

Pink is everywhere this month and it is wonderful to see! The world has gone pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Even the disposable red cups (You know the ones!!!) are currently pink. I love that. This is a cause that is close to my heart and a disease that changed my life!

This Perfectly Pink Beetroot Risotto is my savoury contribution to raising awareness, it is a show stopping meal. I wish you could be in my kitchen, I can assure you that the colour you see isn’t edited! This beetroot risotto really is bright bright pink. Sprinkled with fresh beautiful white ricotta and with a light garnish of thyme, it is gorgeous to look at. (It tastes pretty gorgeous too!).

This Perfectly Pink Beetroot Risotto with Ricotta and Thyme is my savoury contribution to raising awareness for Breast Cancer. A show stopping dinner. | Sprinkles and Sprouts

It is certainly going to be a dish that gets remembered and that is what I wanted. I wanted a meal that will stay in peoples minds once October and Breast Cancer Awareness month had finished. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in Australia and one in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime!!!! And that is just breast cancer. All cancers combined affect one in three people!!!!!!!

This Perfectly Pink Beetroot Risotto with Ricotta and Thyme is my savoury contribution to raising awareness for Breast Cancer. A show stopping dinner. | Sprinkles and Sprouts

It affected me over 20 years ago when my Mum lost her battle with secondary breast cancer. Her relapse was sudden and vicious, they discovered the disease was back, found it had spread to her liver and her kidneys and she passed away just a week later. In some ways maybe that was a blessing; she didn’t spend a long time suffering and as a family we didn’t watch her slowly disappear. We woke up one morning, sat and talked whilst the nurse helped her sit up, I remember her asking to wear my long cream jumper, I remember her wrapping a green pashmina around her shoulders and I remember her smiling. She was coherent and responsive, she kissed us, we went to school, she was sleeping when we arrived home and that night she died.

It changed our lives, it was so sudden, so devastating and such a loss, but we adapted, grew up, changed and it became part of our lives and part of who we are. We are children who lost their mother at an early age, we lost someone who taught us how important love is, how important family is and who even though she was dying, smiled and acted as normally as she could. She gave us the gift of love and that is something cancer can’t take away. And more than that, in an odd and poignant way, she also gave us the ability to deal with disaster and tragedy, we know that whatever life throws our way, we can overcome it. We are stronger because of her death.

But I think the hardest part for me, is now I am a mother. I cannot imagine the pain and heartache she must have gone through knowing that she would leave us and wouldn’t see us grow up. As I wrote to a friend the other day, I lost my mother that day, but she lost everything. She lost seeing us become adults, our graduations, our weddings and seeing her grandchildren. She knew she would have to leave my Dad to bring us up alone.

That, more than anything, is what makes me sad and angry at this disease. But through awareness and research we can make a difference. I know in the 20 plus years, since it affected my life, the survival rates has increased by over 20%!!!!

This Perfectly Pink Beetroot Risotto with Ricotta and Thyme is my savoury contribution to raising awareness for Breast Cancer. A show stopping dinner. | Sprinkles and Sprouts

If you are interested in making a donation, these charities work on raising awareness, research and supporting those with the disease. If you have any other breast cancer charities you support, please let me know below and I will happily add them to this list.

Also not specifically for breast cancer patients but the Macmillan Nurses do an amazing job, with patient care within hospitals and in the home. An amazing organisation.

So the pink pink pink risotto! I can tell you the boys wanted to know why I couldn’t make blue risotto!!!!

This Perfectly Pink Beetroot Risotto with Ricotta and Thyme is my savoury contribution to raising awareness for Breast Cancer. A show stopping dinner. | Sprinkles and Sprouts

Don’t be scared by risotto, pour a glass of wine (you’ll need some for the recipe) put on a bit of music and enjoy 20 minutes of kitchen therapy. Stir your pan slowly, and if you listen to the Italian Nonnas (and let’s face it why wouldn’t you!!!) you should only every stir in one direction. Ideally stir with a flat paddle spoon that has a hole in the middle. They usually come in those packets of wooden spoons and spatulas. The one with a large round hole in the middle is a risotto spoon. I only learnt that a few years back!!!!

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5 from 25 votes

Beetroot Risotto with Ricotta and Lemon Thyme

This Perfectly Pink Beetroot Risotto with Ricotta and Thyme is my savoury contribution to raising awareness for Breast Cancer. A show stopping dinner.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Claire | Sprinkles and Sprouts


  • 400 g cooked beetroots - see notes
  • 1 red onion
  • 50 g butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 300 g risotto rice
  • 2 sprigs lemon thyme or normal thyme
  • 125 ml wine (red or white)
  • 730 ml vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp cold butter
  • 40 g grated parmesan
  • 4 tbsp ricotta - see notes


  1. Start by preparing the beetroots. Reserve the liquid that the beetroots came in and then chop each beetroot into small chunks. Set the beetroot and the juice aside.
  2. Peel and finely chop the onion.
  3. Put the butter into a heavy based pan, add the olive oil and place over a medium heat.
  4. Add the onions and cook for 5 minutes until soft.
  5. Crush in the garlic and the salt and cook for a further 2 minutes.
  6. Add the risotto rice and stir to coat in the butter.
  7. Sprinkle over the thyme and then cook for a minute or so until the edges of the rice are starting to look translucent.
  8. Pour in the wine and allow it to sizzle away.
  9. Add a ladleful of the stock and stir the risotto to prevent it from catching. Allow this liquid to be absorbed and then add another ladle of stock. Continue adding and stirring until until the rice is cooked to al dente and the liquid has all been absorbed. This is usually about 20 minutes.
  10. Pour in 70ml of the reserved beetroot juice and add the chopped beetroot. Place over a low heat and stir gently until the rice is a perfect pink colour and the beetroot is heated through.
  11. Remove from the heat and stir through the remaining butter and the parmesan.
  12. Place the lid on the risotto pan and leave it for 3-4 minutes.
  13. Give it a final stir and then serve immediately, with a tablespoon of ricotta sprinkled over and a garish of fresh thyme leaves.

Recipe Notes

I use the cooked packets of beetroot that you buy in the fruit and veg aisle, but this works with tinned beetroot (just be sure it is tinned in water not in vinegar)

For this I make my own ricotta using this recipe
However I made a smaller portion using 500ml of milk (and 25ml of vinegar)

This Perfectly Pink Beetroot Risotto with Ricotta and Thyme is my savoury contribution to raising awareness for Breast Cancer. A show stopping dinner. | Sprinkles and Sprouts


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  2. Reply

    Beautiful pictures. Beautiful post and tribute to your mom. I lost my mom when I was 2. A sudden death due to a blood clot. No matter the cause, we miss them so much don’t we.

    1. Reply

      Oh Lisa I am so sorry to hear that xxx

    • Donna
    • November 7, 2015

    What a beautiful recipe. I love your blog . I was deeply saddened to hear about the loss of your Mom, especially with you being so young. I imagine she would be very proud of you and your awesome blog. Thank you for sharing a deeply personal segment of your life story. What a wonderful tribute. I can not wait to try this recipe.

    1. Reply

      Thank you for your kind words Donna x

  3. Reply

    Claire, this is a beautiful tribute to your mum and I love this risotto. The colour is amazing!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Maureen. I was so happy how pink it end up being 🙂

  4. Reply

    I’m so sorry you lost your mom to a terrible disease, especially at such a young age. I hope her memory is a blessing to you!
    I love your beautiful risotto — one of my favorite meals! Such beautiful color, and I’m sure flavor!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Patricia x
      Risotto is one of my favs too 🙂

  5. Reply

    So sorry for your loss Claire. This a beautiful post and a great recipe. God bless you!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Remya x

  6. Reply

    Lovely recipe Claire and a beautiful message as well. Thank you for sharing your deeply moving account of how this aweful disease has affected your family. Our family has lost many many members (and another has cancer right now!) to various forms of cancer. Breast cancer has only shown up once so far. It’s wonderful you are raising awareness about breast cancer and I so appreciate the links you left for us to explore in support of the research and medical community devoted to eliminating this horrid disease!

    1. Reply

      Diane, so sorry to hear your family has lost so many loved ones. Such a horrid disease that affects so many people.
      I pray that one day we will find a cure x

  7. I´m so sorry for your loss Claire.. I love this post and recipe!! I can´t believe that 1 out of 8 women will end up with breast cancer.. those are shocking stats! We really need to take of our bodies more and live healthier lives… (speaking of myself ofcourse..) xoxo

    1. Reply

      Thank you Johlene.

      I know, it is shocking isn’t it, and 1 in 3 people will be affected by cancer in general! Such a horrid disease!
      We do, eating well and making sure we look after our bodies is so important! xx

  8. Reply

    What a beautiful heartfelt tribute to ALL your parents Claire. I imagine it wasn’t easy to write those words and it’s beautiful to know that your Mum was in your mind and heart as you made the recipe for yourself and your boys. We’ve got your back xx

    1. Reply

      Thank you Nancy, I re-wrote it several times!
      Thank you so much for coming by to comment x

  9. Claire — what great timing with this recipe. I actually have beets in my fridge at this very moment! So sorry to hear about your mom. I have to say, though, it is nice to know you have a nice relationship with your stepmom. My mother passed away 10 years ago. My dad remarried but I’m afraid to look my stepmom in the eyes — she’s like Medusa! 🙂 Ha!

    1. Reply

      Ooooh, I hope you try this pink risotto, it is so yummy.
      Thank you x
      I have a wonderful relationship with my step-mum, not always been the case, at 17 we had our share of run ins, but I am sure I would have had the same arguments with my Mum had she survived the cancer. That is generally the case with a teenage daughter and her mother isn’t it!!!!

      Hehe, sorry your Medusa comment made me smile. I am so sorry to hear about your mother. It isn’t something that goes away is it xxx

  10. The title gives you an inkling of what the dish will look like, but it was even more beautiful than I had imagined. Very inventive and creative and I love the addition of the ricotta and thyme.

    Your account of your mum’s last day brought me to tears, and I am deeply saddened by your loss.

    When I read the horrid remarks posted by the person above I was shocked at how cruel and mean they were. In my faith we do not attempt to humiliate or degrade people in public, and if there is any advice to be given, it is done in private. If he were truly a fan of your work, he would have taken up his concerns in private through email instead of attempting to malign your character on your own website. I find his remarks hateful and spiteful and if he really reads your blog then should have a better grasp of your personality and character as it comes through in your posts.

    1. Reply

      Razena, thank you for your thoughtful comment. I am totally in agreement. Whilst we are of different faiths I totally agree with you. Humiliating or degrading another person is so very very wrong and so unnecessary.

      And thank you for your comments on my risotto, it was so beautiful I loved how pink it was 🙂

  11. Reply

    Dear Claire,
    I have had the pleasure of pinning your wonderful recipes and this recipe is no exception either! I love the color and the combination of flavors.
    I can relate very well to your post about losing your mom to breast cancer. I lost mom and my sister to breast cancer and it is simply devastating. But our dear ones always live in our heart and will always be close to us in spirit.
    I look forward to many more amazing recipes from you!

    1. Reply

      Sandhya, I am so so sorry to hear about your mom and sister. Words cannot express what I want to say to you, it such a loss you can’t explain isn’t it.

      I agree, our loved ones are forever in our hearts and will always be part of our lives.
      Hugs xx

  12. Claire, this is just a lovely and inspiring post. I am so sorry for your loss. This recipe here stands as a wonderful tribute to your mom and many women who have lost their lives to cancer. Keep on keeping on, friend!

    1. Reply

      Thank you my sweet friend x

      I hope my pink risotto stays with people and keeps awareness high.

  13. What a beautiful tribute to your mother! Your post has already touched so many in a positive way, and I’m sure that it will touch many more in the years to come. Your risotto looks SO amazing, needless to say! Definitely pinning this!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Sandra, it was hard to write. I hope it has a positive impact on people and that it raises awareness of the disease and the charities that work for a cure and to help those in need x

  14. Reply

    Hi Claire!

    I can’t imagine how much courage it must have taken for you to write this post. Your mom sounds like such a wonderful human being, and you are beautifully displaying the character she’s passed on to you.

    This recipe looks amazing, and I adore that you found a way to naturally make risotto pink.

    Big hugs <3


    1. Reply

      Thank you Mary x

      I do love how pink the beetroot made it, and like you say all natural and all delicious xx

    • Jen
    • November 5, 2015

    I’m so sorry for your loss and I just love the recipe xxx

    1. Reply

      Thank you Jen xx

    • Kristen
    • November 5, 2015

    This recipe sounds amazing, I can’t wait to try it. As for you Dave you should be ashamed of yourself, maybe it’s time you turned your computer off and moved into the real world, so you can attempt to learn some compassion empathy and respect for others.

    1. Reply

      Thank you Kristen, I hope you enjoy it xx

    • Michelle
    • November 5, 2015

    This risotto looks so beautiful. Love the colour. Such a beautiful tribute to your mum.

    1. Reply

      Thank you Michelle xx
      isn’t it a fabulous bright colour, I think she would have loved it!

  15. Reply

    Claire your story really touched my heart. I wish that the survival rates were higher than that. I absolutely love the colour of that risotto. Looks so yum!
    Dave your comment is so inappropriate. You have no right to judge anyone for their life story.

    1. Reply

      Thank you Dalia, I agree, I wish it was so much higher, but it is going up so we just have to keep raising awareness xxx

  16. Reply

    What a creative, delicious recipe! I am so sorry for your loss and now that I’m a mother myself, I am sad all the way to the depths of my soul. I am sure your mum is watching over you from Heaven, and the rest of us have your back here on the Internet. XXO

    1. Reply

      Meggan, thank you. I love my FBC ‘office’, so full of support and people you know have your back xxxxx

  17. What a lovely tribue to your mom – I am so sorry for your loss. This is such a beautiful dish, the color is stunning.

    1. Reply

      Thank you Kelly xx

  18. Reply

    This risotto is gorgeous! I learned to make risotto in Italy and an Italian Mama hilariously explained why we stir risotto in only one direction. I follow this advice and give to every person I talk to about risotto. Also, I find the act of stirring very therapeutic.

    I’m sorry to hear about your mom, and I’m so happy for you that you’ve found strength through tragedy and seem to have a wonderful support system.

    1. Reply

      I agree Sarah, I find making risotto therapeutic too!
      I would love to spend a week cooking with some Italian Mamas and Nonnas. It would be a priceless experience!

      Thank you, I am very lucky with the people I have in my life. They are amazing x

    • Molly Kumar
    • November 5, 2015

    Hi Claire, so sorry about your loss and it’s really a life changing experience for the entire family. Your sharing the recipe for such a great cause is COMMENDABLE ! The risotto looks so fresh and delightful. Perfect for this time of the year and definitely believe in your Kitchen Therapy 🙂 Hugs, Molly

    1. Reply

      Thank you Molly.
      Yes life changing, and so long ago that I feel I can look back and say honestly how it changed my life.

  19. Reply

    Gorgeous recipe. However, I have to admit that I suffer beeturia- so I don’t use beets that much! ? Perhaps Dave (the unpleasant crank who decided to accuse you of lying) should find another blog to follow, it is incredulously rude to make such unfounded and baseless comments and to be so disgustingly rude. Hopefully karma will bite him on the backside as he shuts the door on his way out!

    1. Reply

      Hehe, I know exactly what you mean. Stew has a similar issue 😳
      I love karma 🙂

    • Ginny McMeans
    • November 5, 2015

    My heart goes out to you in the biggest way. So sorry that you have lost your sweet mother. I think of my mom every day. Your pink risotto is gorgeous and you were so smart to use beets. A wonderful tribute to your best friend.

    1. Reply

      Thank you Ginny xx

    • Shell
    • November 5, 2015

    This dish looks so enticing! Thankyou for the recipe, Claire, I look forward to giving it a go!

    1. Reply

      I hope you enjoy it Shell x

  20. Reply

    Beautiful post, Claire. Breast cancer is a horrible disease and I am sorry for your loss. One of my close friends is currently in remission and I hope and pray it never returns. Your beetroot risotto looks really pretty and tasty, one I know this friend of mine will enjoy.

    1. Reply

      Thank you Linda, your friend will be in my prayers x

    • Mary
    • November 5, 2015


    Thank you so much for sharing your story. I’m so sorry you lost your mother too early.

    1. Reply

      Thank you Mary x

  21. What a special, special memory and an absolutely beautiful post. As someone who lost someone dear to the horrible C word, I applaud your bravery to write this and send you lots of hugs.

    1. Reply

      Hi Kirsten, I am so sorry for your loss. Such an awful disease 🙁

    • Jenn
    • November 5, 2015

    So sorry about your mom, Claire. This dish is gorgeous! Love the pink color and risotto is one of my favorite things. Yum!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Jenn x
      Risotto is one of my favs too!

  22. I’m so sorry about your loss! The big ‘c’ is sadly all too prevalent and affecting far too many people! You are a brave woman to be able to talk about such a difficult topic, and I admire your courageousness! The recipe looks and sounds absolutely delicious, and I will be trying it out this weekend! x

    1. Reply

      Thank you Nat x
      It really does affect so many people, I pray that one day will find a cure for it.
      i hope you enjoy the risotto. x

  23. Reply

    A gorgeous recipe Claire to raise awareness to a very important cause. Sorry about the loss of your mum so many years ago. It is lucky that you have had an wonderful step mum in your life.

    1. Reply

      Thank you Sara xx

  24. This is a beautiful dish! Thank you for sharing this recipe and your story! Cancer has affected so many lives!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Patti xx

  25. Reply

    Claire, you are so brave for sharing your story and for being so positive in light of the obstacles that have been thrown your way. I’m sure your mother was just as strong and beautiful of a woman as you describe her to be because it seems that you have inherited the same traits! On a side note too, I just read that you lost your house a while back and I’m amazed at how positive and optimistic you are. Keep being you because you’re inspiring and have a lovely spirit. This beetroot risotto looks divine. It’s such a creative spin on risotto (I’ve never seen it done!), and it’s got a gorgeous pink color perfect for breast cancer awareness! <3

    1. Reply

      Thank you Beeta, when I am struggling or feeling down I look at the amazing little boys I have in my life and that gives me positivity x
      I too love the pink colour, I wasn’t sure if it would end up red rather than pink so I was so happy when it was bright bright pink!

  26. Reply

    Hi Claire, Thank you for sharing your story. I’m so sorry to see that you’ve had to take abuse on such a heartfelt, personal entry. My heart goes out to you x

    1. Reply

      Thank you Erren xx

  27. Reply

    So sorry for your loss, Claire. Life can never be the same again when we lose the person most dearest to our hearts. While dealing with the loss of my mom about an year ago I read somewhere that there is always an event in your life which changes you completely. Your life becomes “before” & “after” it. Nothing can fill that void. But I’m so glad you have chosen this occasion to dedicate this post to your mom.

    1. Reply

      Fareeha, I am so very sorry to hear about your Mom x
      And I agree, nothing will fill the void, you just learn how to live with it x

  28. Reply

    Such a beautiful post and lovely Risotto Claire! Your post is so heartfelt, and this is without a doubt, the prettiest risotto I’ve ever seen 🙂

    1. Reply

      Thank you Paige xx

    • Di Mill
    • November 5, 2015

    Beautiful recipe and lovely story..

    what a sad man you’re David, taking the time to attack an innocent person over her sad experience.. I feel sorry for you that you need attention so badly you have to bring drama to cooking blog..

    1. Reply

      Thank you Di xx

    • nell
    • November 5, 2015

    That looks amazing! I haven’t made risotto in ages, I’ll have to try it.
    I’m so sorry to hear about your mum. Cancer is a horrible disease I lost my (step) dad to it 16yrs ago. I hope one day there is a cure so no one else has to suffer.

    1. Reply

      Thank you Nell.
      I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your (step) dad, no matter how long ago the hole is still there isn’t it xx

  29. Reply

    What a lovely recipe and a lovely tribute. I’ve been touched by breast cancer in my own family and I know that the ripples go on and on. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Reply

      Lydia, I am so sad to hear that breast cancer has affected your life. Such a hideous disease! x

  30. Reply

    Claire this risotto is beautiful and I can only imagine that it tastes wonderful. I’m so sorry about your mom–I think you have done a wonderful job of honoring her legacy and making the most of the life you have now and the family that you have now. One mother to another we know what lengths we would go to to protect our children from worry or fear and I have no doubt your mother was doing the very same thing for you. My best to you in all you do. <3

    1. Reply

      Thank you Rachel, it was rather yummy 🙂
      And thank you for your beautiful comments x

  31. Hi Claire. As mentioned on a community Facebook page, I’m so sorry for your tremendous loss and this post is such a beautiful tribute to your Mother. Your beetroot risotto is absolutely gorgeous and I’m sure it tastes amazing! Hugs and prayers to you.


    1. Reply

      Thank you Heather xxx

  32. Reply

    Hey Claire. I’m so sorry to hear about your mom. But I’m pretty sure she’s smiling when she sees how beautifully pink this risotto is. I love it to death. And she’s laughing her head off like I did when I read how your boys wanted to know why it couldn’t be blue. A legit question nevertheless.

    1. Reply

      Hehe Ai, I am sure she is laughing at my boys! They are such crazy balls of energy she is probably worn out trying to watch everything they do!
      Any ideas on making a blue risotto? x

    • Melissa redhead
    • November 5, 2015

    Sounds and looks divine. Thanks so much for sharing such a personal story. Can’t wait to try it

    1. Reply

      Thank you Melissa, I hope you enjoy it x

    • Jane
    • November 5, 2015

    Claire you have done a beautiful post supporting and spreading awareness for such an important cause.

    I’m sorry to hear of your loss, hugs to you and yours.

    I love beets, can’t wait to try your recipe!

    May your day be filled with Aloha!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Jane, I hope it has helped just a little x
      I hope you enjoy the risotto!

    • Cindy
    • November 5, 2015

    I love risotto and this looks amazing. I am very sorry for your loss and sorry that you have to deal with people who hide behind their keyboards. It is amazingly hard to lose someone, I understand that sadness. Thank you for sharing your story and the amazing recipe behind it. xo

  33. Reply

    What a beautiful colour in that risotto!

    I also have a step parent, and refer to him and my mother as “my parents”. People who don’t have anything better to do (Hi Dave, I’m using small words so you can understand) should really spend time elsewhere.

    Claire, I’m sorry for your loss – and love this post, and the way you choose to live your life.

    1. Reply

      Thank you Kylee xxx

  34. Reply

    What a terrible loss to experience. I’m sure you still miss her very much. Thank you for opening up to your readers and sharing your story and your recipe, as I am sure many can relate to the loss. *hugs*

    1. Reply

      Kathrina, thank you so much xx

  35. Reply

    Claire, what a beautiful post! While the food and photos look absolutely gorgeous (my kids would love pink risotto!), the message of your post is so very inspirational. I’m so sorry for your loss, especially at a young age, but your mother’s memory seems to be alive in your heart. Thank you for sharing your touching story with us.

  36. This risotto looks amazing, and perfect for the cause!

    I’m so sorry for your loss, I can’t even imagine it! My mum had breast cancer twice but we’re very lucky and she survived both. Hopefully one day that will be the outcome for everybody who gets this terrible disease.

    1. Reply

      Thank you Michelle.
      I am so so happy to read that your Mum has survived cancer. I wish you and her a happy long life xx
      The advances they are making now give everyone hope.

  37. Reply

    What a beautiful dish! I’m loving that color! I’m so sorry for your loss! As a mother myself I totally agree with that feeling of never wanting to not be there for them. How brave was you mom!!! Hugs and continue to keep her memory alive!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Nellie x
      I agree and until I became a mother that was something I didn’t truly understand xx

    • Greg Radcliffe
    • November 5, 2015

    Thank you Claire. Donations are obviously important, but I think it’s equally important when people are vulnerable and willing to share their story. Thank you for doing so and sorry for your loss. Far too many lose loved ones to this dreaded disease! Hopefully one day that will not be the case.

    1. Reply

      Thank you Greg, I hope you are right and I hope someone can see some positive because of my post.
      Here here to finding cure! x

  38. Reply

    This is a beautiful post and a lovely recipe!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Amanda x

  39. Reply

    Your risotto looks absolutely delicious! I would have never thought to try and use beetroot as coloring, or even the flavor combo – you’re a genius! I am so sorry to hear about your mother. Sending big hugs! xoxo

    1. Reply

      Thank you Jenn, I am going to keep my genius hat and pull it out whenever I do something stupid 😉 xx

  40. Reply

    Oh Claire, your post made me cry – such a beautiful tribute to your mum. I’m so sorry you lost her and she lost you all. Last year, three of my girl friends were suffering with breast cancer and one of them died almost a year to the date of her diagnosis leaving her two daughters behind, one five years old and autistic with no language skills so they could explain where mummy was. There are no more words really, only I wish I could give you a big hug of understanding xxx

    1. Reply

      Oh Jo, your comment sent shivers down my spine. My heart goes out to her daughters. Life is so unbelievably cruel sometimes. Those poor little girls xxx
      Thank you for your virtual hug xx

  41. Reply

    It takes so much courage to share a story like yours. I’m so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing, but this is a beautiful tribute. xx

    1. Reply

      Thank you Hillary xx

  42. Reply

    Claire, every time I read about your mother it brings tears to my eyes. Especially with you being a mother yourself now. The tragedy has made you the strong, beautiful person that you are today, there is always a silver lining to every tragedy. And this risotto! What a beautiful gesture in memory of your mother and to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness month. Pinning! 🙂

    1. Reply

      Thank you Nagi xx
      I hope this post does something, no matter how small, for raising awareness and then perhaps one day we can find a cure for this awful disease xx

    • Dave
    • November 4, 2015

    Your Mum died of breast cancer, really? Funny as I have been reading your blog for a while and there are so many references to your parents.
    Did she come back to life? More likely you are just jumping on a band wagon and posting something you think people will visit because you have written a fake sob story about being a poor orphan.
    And in case people think I am some troll. Check these posts out.

    Parents mentioned in every post. You can’t have it both ways. You are a fake.

    1. Reply

      Dave thank you for reading my blog for so long.
      I can assure you that everything I wrote in this blog post is true.
      I am sorry you think I misled you, that was never my intention. My Mum died over 20 years ago and my Dad remarried some years ago now. I have a step-mum. I use the word parents when I talk about my Dad and my step-mum, because they are my parents, they are my children’s grandparents and in my everyday life that is how I refer to them.
      In my recent post about coffee, I did mention that it was my step-mums birthday.

        • Dave
        • November 4, 2015

        I said I read your blog so editing a post to include some information about you ‘stepmom’ will not convince me or the world that you aren’t a fake.
        I know that weren’t there when I read the post the first time. I see through you and so will other people.

          • Clare
          • November 4, 2015

          Dave, as it appears that you are very nearly illiterate, I doubt very much that you have understood anything.

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            Thank you for your support Clare xx

          • Joanne
          • November 4, 2015

          I agree Dave that there a lot of people who jump on the “band wagon” as you call it but it doesn’t mean you tarnish everyone with the same brush. I have been reading Claire’s blog since the beginning and have read about her step mum. Who are you to say how she talks about her parents, her step mum is obviously a very important part of her life and the fact that she didn’t distinguish between mum and step mum is none of your god damn business! Take your cynicism some where else please as it’s not welcome here.

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            Thank you for your support Jo xxx

          • Christine
          • November 4, 2015

          Dave your not a very nice person are you.. Shame on you it’s really none of your business you seem to be one of those internet abusive people.. Hide behind your keyboard you have no right to judge unless you have all the facts

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            Thank you for the support Christine x

          • Fran
          • November 4, 2015

          Hi Dave. How sad that your time is wasted with such poor comments. I lost a well loved and respected colleague and a close friend when Claire’s mother died and my whole school community admired and respected her. I have had the privilege of watching Claire grow up and become a mother and talented creative cook. I admire her courage and a talent which she shares with everyone. I am also fortunate that her ‘step mum’ is now a close friend. Try and be positive with your comments and if are unable then please KEEP QUIET!

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            Thank you Fran xx
            I still remember playing in the ground floor classroom in the far end of the school, and spending a week lying on the sofa in the staff room when I couldn’t go to school. Happy memories xx
            Love to you all x

          • Sheena
          • November 5, 2015

          Wow Dave, what a sorry excuse for a human being you are. Why don’t you go away and never come back.

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            Thank you for the support Sheena xx

          • leish
          • November 5, 2015

          U rude piece of utter crap on the bottom of my shoe dave!!!!
          Who the hell are you.
          Come out from behind ur computer.
          Ill make ur face as red as this beetroot recipe
          You need a real good wake up call
          Ur a poor excuse for a human

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            Red as this beetroot recipe. That made me smile x

          • Kay
          • November 5, 2015

          Dave I pray that you and your family never have to go through such a traumatic experience. I pray your children should you have any do not lose their mother or father and have to spend the rest of their lives wondering what life would be like if only their parent had survived. It is a humbling story to read of such a loss after having had family and friends touched by this horrible disease and thankfully survive. Life is too short to bully others for raising awareness of diseases such as cancer which one day could lead to a cure. Coming from a mother whose child will die early because of her incurable disease.

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            Kay, I am so sorry to hear that you have friend and family that have been affected by cancer.
            And I am deeply sorry to hear about your child. Prayers and hugs xxxx

      • Sarah
      • November 4, 2015

      That’s my aunty you’re talking about. I went to her funeral when I was 17. Not a troll my arse .. f*ck off back under your bridge!

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        Hehe, as always cuz you make me smile. Hugs and love xx

      • Richard
      • November 4, 2015

      Hello Dave. I am Claire’s (step) brother and take exception to your tone, insinuation and language. You are wrong, unpleasant and have no right to make any of the comments you have. None of this bares any relation to my sister’s incredible culinary skills, and if you aren’t reading her blog for this then kindly bugger off elsewhere.

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        Thank you big brother xxxx
        p.s one day I will remind you that you said I had incredible skills 😉

      • Ange
      • November 5, 2015

      You young man need to learn some manners.

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    2. Dave, as you’re not a mind reader or a member of her family kindly keep your ridiculous, rude, and unfeeling comments to YOURSELF. Claire, I’m so sorry to hear about your mom and I can’t wait to try this recipe!

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        Thank you Meaghan, I hope you love the recipe xx

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      Hey Claire! I have to say I came across your post via Facebook and found it very inspiring and thoughtful. Just wanted to say thank you for sharing your personal experience with us and also for taking the time to create such a great recipe too. One which has meaning and significance to many. I appreciate what you’ve done so keep up the good work. You will never ever truly know just how much your post will help others, but rest assured, it IS helping many who see it now, and for years to come. Thank you.

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        Thank you for the kind words Mary xx
        Like you say I will never know the affects my post will have but I hope someone finds the positive in it x

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      Claire, thank you for the wonderful recipe, food speaks to and though all of us, it’s wonderful way to honor the memory of your mother. I’ll definitely be putting this on my to make list for this month and think of you and those many affected.

      Dave, I’m not sure how to respond to your comment, both of my parents have passed away and I talk about them all the time, they are a part of our lives and even when they are gone that doesn’t mean they are not still there, maybe you didn’t have that and that’s why you felt you had to be mean and hurtful to someone who has endured such a painful experience, I feel sorry for you that you carry that kind of meanness inside of you. Claire I wish you the best in celebrating your mothers memory. X

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        Thank you Adriana, I am so sorry to read that your parents have passed away xx
        I hope you enjoy the risotto.

    5. Reply

      Hey Dave,

      Thanks for linking to so many blog posts that I now have the opportunity to read! 😉 I call my mother, father, step-mother, and step-father all parents. I don’t add the “step” because they’re my family. They’re not separate. Same with my many step and half siblings. I love them each so much and don’t feel the need to specify how exactly we’re related. Even if you’re “not a troll”, you still left a very hurtful comment on this lovely blog and for that you should be very sorry.

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        Exactly Sarah. Family is family and that is all we ever need to remember. Love is thicker than blood xx

    6. Dave young man you need to google “manners” instead of trying to find some huge conspiracy and cover up on a food blog.

      Thank you again Claire for sharing your heartfelt experience with a horrible disease.


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        I take heart Ange that I am raising boys who have wonderful manners.
        Such a hideous disease xxx

  43. Oh my, this looks amazing! What a great idea to combine beets and risotto! Delicious!

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      Thank you 🙂

  44. Reply

    It’s never easy to lose someone you love. I lost my grandpa, who was like a father to me since my real dad split when I was born, and I feel that loss everyday. So many things remind me of him and I wish I had him for advice now that my boys are getting older. I will take comfort when I eat this dish. I loved beets and he did not, but he always ate them when I made them. I think it would make him laugh:)

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      I am so sorry for you loss xx
      I agree, you feel the loss everyday, just little things that remind you of them.
      I am glad this dish would have made him laugh 🙂

  45. I made pumpkin risotto this week and I loved it! Definitely gonna give this one a try soon 😀

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      Homemade risotto is just the best thing isn’t it? So comforting and delicious

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    Beautiful dish. I love the combination of the beet red with the greens. Nice!

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      Thank you Meredith.

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      Thank you Meredith

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    I used beets once in risotto. it adds such a good and unique flavor. Your dish looks so good.

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      Thank you Peter, I just loved the colour it gave the risotto.

  48. Reply

    Claire, I am so sorry for your loss. Reading your post touched me deep, your words and emotions resonated with me.

    I love beet, love its taste and especially how vibrant and bright it is. It colours everything it touches and brings cheeriness to dishes. A perfect choice for this post and topic. You are right, it is a memorable dish. *hugs*

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      Thank you Stella, it took me quite a few rewrites.

      I was so happy with how this dish turned out, not only was the colour perfect but the taste was wonderful.

      Thank you for stopping by and your kind words x

    • Amanda Reid
    • October 23, 2015

    Hi Claire
    You just brought a tear to my eye, but I love reading your blog, it is written from the heart – and I love the look of this beetroot risotto – especially with ricotta. I will think of your mum when I make it

    As for the boys – I am now trying to think of something other than food colouring that might make a ristotto go blue – and you could make one for Prostate Cancer Awareness <3

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      I am sorry Amanda x
      I am so happy you like reading the blog, knowing that helps me write and share my stories.
      I hope you enjoy the risotto, it is a great vegetarian meal and for the rest of the family you can always add some grilled chicken tenders cooked with some butter and thyme 🙂

      Oooooh… food…..let me know if you think of anything. All I can think of is blueberry.

        • Amanda Reid
        • October 23, 2015

        It was all good <3

        Blueberry would be interesting – maybe you could design a sweet risotto for desert?

        I cant think of anything else blue 🙁

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          Loving the idea of the sweet risotto!
          You have got me all excited to try it 🙂

  49. The pink colour of your risotto is gorgeous! And such a beautifully written post – I am sorry to hear about your mother. Cancer is so awfully unpredictable and affects so many, so research into it can only be a good thing! Thank you for sharing your story with us <3

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      Thank you Claudia. Like you say we just need to keep the research going, they are making so many discoveries who knows where we will be in 10 years x

  50. Reply

    So sorry for your loss; i completly understand what it’s like to lose a parent so young , The feeling of loss never leaves really but you just accept. This might be silly but i still believe that they can see us because that’s what my grandmother taught me.maybe its a coping mechanism but it helps.
    You have inspired me to to try and help in any way possible . Take heart and keep raising awareness!

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      I agree Khadija. I am sure she looks down and sees my crazy noisy kids! Some days I think she can probably hear them!!!!! 😉
      And I am so sorry you know what it is like to live with the loss of a parent x

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    This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing your story and recipe.

    1. Reply

      Thank you Clyde.

  52. Great color, and great recipe for a good cause. I love beetroot and never thought of using it this way. I will make sure to try this.

    1. Reply

      It is such a fun way to use it, especially if you add the beetroot towards the end and keep the super pink colour.

  53. Reply

    Such a beautiful post! I am so sorry for your loss and I agree it is such a vicious and horrible disease! Donating to cancer research is such a great cause too.
    I love this beautiful Risotto! I love making risotto at home and I always have a (ehem!) bottle of wine next to me while I do! 🙂 I’ve never tried beetroot risotto and it looks amazing!

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      Thank you Dini. It was an emotional post to write, but I am glad I can tell my story and find a small positive in there.
      You and I should cook together! There is always a bottle of wine in my kitchen too 😉

    • Ange
    • October 23, 2015

    An fabulous important post Claire. Thanks for sharing how you’ve been touched by this horrible disease.

    This is the pretty risotto I’ve ever seen!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Ange, I love how bright it is!
      I know you understand the affect this disease can have on a family x

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